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On July 23rd, 2010, I had a bad accident. I was longboarding in my home town of Gig Harbor and I fell, fracturing my skull and causing a major concussion. Doctors called my family and told them about the accident and that I wasn't going to make it. Luckily, my father is a worthy holder of the Melchizedek priesthood and he rushed to the hospital and gave me a priesthood blessing. Days later, I miraculously came out of my coma. Doctors were astounded and told my parents that they hadn't the slightest clue how I had made such a recovery. However, they then told my parents that, as miraculous as my comeback was, I would be mentally handicapped for the rest of my life and that I would never be able to interact with another human being again. Since that point I have scored exemplary on multiple mental rehabilitation tests, graduated high school with an exceptional GPA, scored exemplary on the ASVAB military placement test, scored exceptionally well in the SAT, learned how to play guitar, made countless new friends and, most importantly, started fulfilling my call to serve in the Salt Lake City Mission. I know that if it hadn't been for my father's blessing, the countless prayers and fasts offered on my behalf and my Heavenly Father watching over me, I could not be out here today.
Because of my accident that I had in 2010 and the result thereof, I know more than ever of the truth and power of the gospel. I have read, prayed and received an answer concerning the truth of the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is true through revelation given by the Holy Ghost. I know that it is true and, if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet. If Joseph Smith was a true prophet, then this church is the only completely true church on the Earth and the only way to be brought unto our Heavenly Father to live with him again. Ultimately, I believe that is what life is all about.
I have prayed about it and, through the answer that I received, I know without a doubt that the Gospel has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. There are countless times in the Bible and the Book of Mormon that prophets prophecy of a falling away and a restoration. I feel so blessed to be alive in a time when the fullness of the Gospel is on the Earth. I have a strong testimony that if you read the Book of Mormon with an open heart and an open mind, really ponder everything that is said and finding ways to apply it to your life, you will feel the difference in your life. You will feel something you have never felt before and, as you pray about that feeling and what it means, whether or not the Book of Mormon is true, you will receive your answer. "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." -Moroni 10:3-5
Having the Gospel in my life is a gift. I have seen how it has blessed my life in countless ways and I know that, without it, I wouldn't be alive right now. I love my fellow man and want to share with them that gift. I have a firm testimony and a knowledge that absolutely everyone's life can improve upon receiving the gospel. It is because of this knowledge and testimony that I left on a mission and I am sure that is the same reason so many others embark on their missions. "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." -Moses 1:39
I am currently serving as a full-time missionary in the Salt Lake City Mission. I read my scriptures daily, pray daily and do my best to bring others unto Christ. I know the importance of my calling and the importance of the message I am sharing, so I live my life in the best way that I can to be worthy of the blessings promised with sharing the gospel. I know that by being out here, my Father in heaven is blessing my family, my friends and my loved ones. I try my best to live worthy to dwell with him again though I am not perfect. The funny thing is that nobody is perfect. This church is not made for perfect people. It is made for everyone, including (if not especially) those struggling with problems. Through this gospel, and only through this gospel can we become as close to perfect as we possibly can and that is all that is required of us: to try our best and repent of the rest. As long as we are giving our best effort, our beloved redeemer Jesus will fill in the rest.